KIGALI - A visiting Nigerian senior military officer has said that Africa needs to learn from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, to ensure that such killings never occur again on the continent.
Brig. Gen. Jacob S. Adeyemi, from Nigeria’s Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), made the remarks after he and a delegation from the college paid tribute to the victims of the Genocide buried at the Gisozi Memorial Centre.
“It is a sad thing to have happened in Africa, and we pray that as we commemorate the Genocide, that Africa will learn from this past and we will get to foster greater unity and good governance so that we continue to live in peace and harmony.”
He also reached out to families that lost their loved ones, saying that the only way to honour the dead is to ensure that it never happens again anywhere on the continent.
The team is in the country on a week-long study tour themed: “Challenges of Disaster Management to the Armed Forces in Contemporary African Society.”
The team was, yesterday, briefed on the RDF’s role in disaster management.
“Rwanda has had its own share of disasters and so, we come to see how the government is managing disasters, and with particular reference to the Rwandan Defence Forces,” Gen Adeyemi said.
He explained that they were exploring disasters “in all ramifications” including natural and man-made.
The AFCSC team comprises officers from the Army, Air Force and Navy Services.
The Commandant of the College, Air Vice Marshal Ahmed Tijani Mu’azu, is expected to arrive today.